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Global balance of tomato exports in 2018

Drop in Spanish tomato exports, while Morocco's increase

According to data from the UN Statistics Department, Spanish tomato exports have fallen by 16% in the last five years, while those from Morocco have increased by 17.12%.

Spain exported 813.15 million kilos of tomatoes in 2018, compared to 967.92 million kilos in 2014. Moroccan exports grew from 485.42 million kilos in 2014 to 568.51 million kilos in 2018. During the period at hand (2014- 2018), Spanish imports of Moroccan tomatoes increased by 242.34%, from 10.77 million kilos in 2014 to 36.87 million kilos in 2018.

The tomato volume exported reached a record 8,457.33 million kilos in 2018. Those shipments were worth € 8,069.03 million, also a record figure. The average price was € 0.954 per kilo.

Top 5 exporting countries
Mexico remains the world leader in tomato exports, with 1,831.84 million kilos in 2018; 21.66% of the world's total. The Mexican exports were worth € 1,914.51 million, and the average price stood at € 1.045 per kilo. The vast majority of Mexican export tomatoes (1,826.76 million kilos) were sold in the US in 2018.

The Netherlands remains in second place in the global ranking of tomato exporters, with 1,084.7 million kilos shipped in 2018; 12.83% of the world's total. The total value of those exports was € 1,625.55 million, and the average price was € 1.499 per kilo. The Netherlands thus obtained the highest price for the product out of the world's ten largest exporters. The Netherlands exported 432.34 million kilos of tomatoes to Germany, 197.19 million kilos to the UK, 60.68 million to Sweden, 53.95 million to Italy, 49.73 million to Poland and 29.56 million kilos to Spain.

Spain stands third in the ranking, with exports totaling 813.15 million kilos in 2018; 9.61% of the world's total. Those shipments were worth € 928.07 million, with an average price of € 1.141 per kilo. 196 million kilos were exported to Germany, 127.31 million to France, 112.03 million to the United Kingdom, 102.54 million to the Netherlands and 62.94 million to Poland.

Iran follows in fourth place after having pushed Turkey down to sixth place. Iran exported 572.86 million kilos of tomatoes in 2018; 6.77% of the world's total. The average price was € 0.362 per kilo and the total value of exports was € 207.23 million. The most important market for Iranian tomatoes was Iraq, with 418.5 million kilos.

Morocco is number five. In 2018, the country exported 568.51 million kilos; 6.72% of the world's total. The average price was € 1.023 per kilo and the total value was € 581.54 million. The most important destinations Moroccan tomatoes were France, with 367.52 million kilos, Russia, with 77.23 million kilos, and Spain, with 36.87 million kilos.



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